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7 held for cheating Mulund doctor of ₹4.5L

Mulund police have arrested seven people involved in the scam.

mumbai Updated: May 29, 2018 00:22 IST
Hindustan Times
Mulund,Mumbai,Maharashtra
The scamsters confessed to the crimes(HT Photo)

Mulund police have arrested seven people for allegedly cheating a medical professional of ₹4.5 lakh on the pretext of giving him rewards and an opportunity to take part in a lucky draw on an insurance policy. The accused were running a call centre which has also been busted by the authorities.

The complainant, Dr Rajshekar Ujgare, 70, a Mulund resident, has an insurance policy in his son’s name and pays an instalment of ₹1 lakh per year for the same.

In September 2017, the doctor received a call from a person by the name Korgavkar, who pretended to be an employee with the insurance firm. The caller, was aware of Ujgare’s insurance policy, and lured him with claims that he had won ₹9. 46 lakh as a bonus on the policy. He then told the doctor to pay ₹3,000 as a processing fee in order to claim the bonus.

Later in October 2017, Ramesh Shinde and Praful Patel called the doctor claiming to be the deputy manager of the insurance company and told him to pay ₹3,000 to each of them. The next month, the doctor was asked to pay a sum of ₹85,000, for the bonus to be credited to his account.

He again received a call in November 2017 informing him that he had won ₹32 lakh in the lucky draw and was asked to pay ₹3.15 lakh for the prize money to be released. After paying the amount he tried to contact the fraudulent insurance company employees, but their mobile phones were switched off.

A case has been registered at the Mulund police station under section 419 (punishment for cheating by personation), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and different sections of the Information Technology Act. In all, the doctor was duped of ₹4.50 lakh by the accused.

Mulund police have arrested seven people involved in the scam, including Aakash Chikhle, 29, resident of Thane; Rajesh Magdum, 33, resident of Kalwa; Sanjay Mankar, 27, resident of Kalwa; Rakesh Shinde, Ramesh Ugle and Murlidhar Deshmukh. The police have not released the name of one of the accused.

“During the investigation we found a bulk of data of the insurance firm, which we suspect was leaked out,” an officer with the Mulund police station said.

The accused have also revealed that they had committed similar crimes across Mumbai, Thane, Navi-Mumbai, Bhusawal, Pune and Aurangabad among other places in Maharashtra.

Deshmukh, one of the accused, told the police that he was unaware that his bank account was been used to collect the money from the unsuspecting victims. He did however confirm that he was getting a commission of 5% on every amount received in his account.

First Published: May 29, 2018 00:20 IST